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Why are you so fearful?
By Brian Price 03/10/2015

1 John 4:18-19 KJV
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.

In the gospel of Mark, the story is told about Jesus and his disciples and how they got into a ship to sail unto the other side of the sea of Galilee. As they sailed, there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship. But Jesus was asleep in the ship on a pillow. The disciples were terrified and awoke him saying, "Master, carest thou not that we perish?" The Bible goes on to say, "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, 'Peace, be still.' And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, 'Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?'" As the epistle of John states, fear has torment. Fear can be one of the most paralyzing emotions that a person can experience. Sometimes fear can be a good thing, as in the case of fearing God, or fearing consequences.

But other times, fear can be torment. Imagine being afraid for no good reason. It's interesting to research the lists of different phobias. There are all kinds of things that people are afraid of, including silly things like the color orange. Some people are actually afraid of the color orange, for no good reason. It's called Chrysophobia. Jesus said, "Why are ye so fearful?" This question ought to bring us back to our rational state of mind when dealing with foolish fears. In the case of the disciples, they were overreacting to the situation at hand. There was no need to be afraid of the storm when Jesus was sailing with them. Jesus was the only calm one in this whole scenario. He had so much peace in this seemingly frightful situation, that he actually slept through the storm. When he awoke, he found a bunch of cowards. "Why are ye so fearful?" God said to Joshua in the Old Testament, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; BE NOT AFRAID, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." - Joshua 1:9

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